To get Turkeys or not to get Turkeys. THAT is the question!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Chick_In_The_Burbs, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    Ok. I got the idea with Thanksgiving coming up to get a turkey or two to raise for next year (T-giving and/or Christmas). I love the idea of knowing that my turkey didn't get antibiotics or hormones and had a humane life. However, as my DH was quick to point out, we live in Suburbia. Turkeys would be legal to own (I checked, they're tecnically defined as a fowl which is covered in the codes) but we don't want to annoy ourselves and neighbors with a lot of noise. He's also not to keen on the idea in the first place.

    Suggestions? Insights? Anything helps!
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2009
    Females are quiet, just smaller. If you don't mind a smaller bird and you want turkeys, you could go that route.

    You could also get BBW and butcher before they start gobbling.
  3. beerman

    beerman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2008
    Smithville, il
    I would get Guinea's for a few weeks, when you get rid of those the neighbors will be so happy they wont even notice the turkeys [​IMG]
  4. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2008
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    Next time warn me!

    Seriously, I really don't think just a few would be that noisy unless you have them there during breeding season. JMO
  5. spydertoys

    spydertoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    Munfordville, Kentucky
    Quote:Good ANSWER!!! [​IMG]
  6. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2009
  7. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    If you have a covered run you could try the BB's. The females, in particular, will fly when young but not like the heritage. The noise is nothing compared to a yapping ankle biter.
  8. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    I have 3 heritage breed turkeys, they are about 1 and a half years old now (just pets and for eggs to eat). They are all girls though, so I dont know how loud boys are, but my girls are really very quiet. I dont hear much from them unless I am out with them and they are begging for treats.

    I dont think with just a few turkeys you will have a very big problem with noise. They can be very loud when they want to be, but if I was you, I wouldnt let sound be the reason you dont get them. They do eat alot of feed and the poop is bigger and smellier then chickens (in my experience), but they are pretty fun as babies and nice birds to have as pets who can be food later.
  9. Armageddon

    Armageddon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2010
    Southern California
    I have two Toms...that I bought to raise for Thanksgiving and Christmas THIS year.....I don't have neighbors BUT I will tell you they are LOUD.....It took them forever to "gobble" but now that they do, they "gobble" ALL the time...over every single little noise....

    However, these two are my only experience...

  10. Tunastopper

    Tunastopper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2010
    Most people do not know how friendly turkeys are compared to chickens. They have very good personalities and it becomes very hard for many people. Do you butcher your chickens?

    If you have grumpy neighbors, then they might not like the noise. I had one neighbor that complained my horses where noisy.

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